Baskets filled from generous community

On behalf of the Culpeper Community Christmas Basket Program, we would like to say Thank You for all the hard work and support that many people put in to making the 2013 Christmas a special one for close to 500 families in Culpeper County.

We would especially like to thank the following who helped us with collection, storage and work areas: Brandy Station Volunteer Fire Department, Merchant’s Grocery, United Way, the ABC Store, CubeSmart Self Storage, Brandy Station Boy Scout Troop #1202, Wise Recycling, Oak Shade United Methodist Church Youth Group, F. T. Binns National Jr. Honor Society and the Town of Culpeper Public Works Department.

We would like to offer a heartfelt thank you to all businesses (Battlefield Chevrolet, Battlefield Ford, Chamber of Commerce, Culpeper County Library, Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office, Frost Cafe, Gold’s Gym, K & M Rentals, Koon’s, Martin’s, MedExpress, Mountain Run Bowling Center, Museum of Culpeper History, North Ridge Apartment Lease Office, Powell Wellness Center, RiteAid, Walgreens, Woodscape Apartments) and schools (A.G. Richardson, Culpeper County High School, Culpeper Middle School, Eastern View High School, Emerald Hill, Farmington, F.T. Binns Middle School, Sycamore Park, Yowell, Culpeper Baptist Preschool, Culpeper Christian School, Rainbow Daycare, Epiphany Catholic School, St. Luke’s School) that collected or served as drop-off points for canned goods. All of you helped fill our baskets for each family. Without your support, the program could not be carried out each year.

We also thank the following who organized an angel tree: Culpeper Methodist Church, Lowe’s employees, and the Culpeper County Schools Central Office. A special thanks to the Culpeper County Library for their “Can-a-Fine” program and to Yowell and Emerald Hill Elementary Schools for doing a teen gift drive.

A special thanks goes out to those individuals, businesses, organizations, churches, and schools who helped by adopting a family, donating time and funds. We would like to thank Kristen Johnson and Wayne English of Clore English Funeral Home for chairing the “Toys for Tots” program and providing toys for our families. We also want to thank Bruce Winning, Joe Kratochvil and the Knights of Columbus for picking up all the canned food throughout the community. We would like to recognize the hard work of Melody Mackison in organizing our database, Brian Mackison for being our go-to person, Jennifer Burriss for being my helper throughout the project, Jim and Debbie Underhill and Donna and Gary Huff for gathering the boxes together, and Robin Althoff for serving as our Treasurer. We also want to thank the Culpeper High School National Honor Society, Farmington SCA, Culpeper High School and Eastern View ROTC, Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops, Options volunteers and other youth who helped with packing, pick-up and delivery. Also a big thanks to the Culpeper Community Christmas Basket Board of Directors for their help in organizing and carrying out the project. Final thanks go to Monica Creel and the United Way staff who help with the late pick-ups of Christmas baskets.

Lastly, we would like to thank those individuals, businesses, organizations, and church groups who came out and helped with the packing of the Christmas baskets. A big thanks to the Culpeper community for the donations made to our program. Without donations, we would not be able to continue the program. Monetary donations are still being accepted as we finalize our 2013 program. They can be sent to Culpeper Community Christmas Basket Program, P.O. Box 574, Culpeper, VA 22701.

Without the support of the Culpeper community, this project would not have been a success.

Sue Jenkins
Culpeper Community Christmas Basket Program